Sunday, February 19, 2012

How to make Coffee Butter

                        I am going to attempt to show you in a tutorial how to make Coffee Butter.

I went online to do some research not on how to make coffee butter,  but to see just how much some
companies are charging for this.  I can on conclude that this a very very expensive.  There are all
kinds of prices out there so if you want to buy it, then I can only say do your research.  I will
not recommend any one company.  Since the price is too steep for me to swallow.

I sat myself down and thought about the process I wanted do.  I should say my first attempt making a butter was with tangerine rinds.  That turned out to be such a success,  so this is why I wanted to try my hand with coffee butter.  I love coffee, I drink it throughout the day, everyday.  I hate when people ask me during the summer months when the heat is unbearable, how can you drink that hot coffee.  My coffee habit does not show favors during specific times of the year.  I am hopelessly dedicated to this drink and have no plans to quit now.  I was once in a coffee club, well I am still in it, but not actively receiving the shipments,  I am sure everyone has heard of them,  the company is called Gevalia.  I had way too many shipments coming that I had to stop it for awhile.  So I had a build up of coffee.  I just selected which one was going to be my first victim.

                     Gevalia Kaffe Select Varietal Ground Coffee  Peruvian Organic 8oz

                                Part 1

I took a jar and I poured the coffe grounds in it.  I have to say I do not use used grinds from making coffee.  I use only fresh grinds to capture the caffeine and the strong natural scent of the coffee.

So here is my jar.  I used Sunflower oil for two reasons.  First this is a light oil and almost clear. I wanted a oil that would be light so that I could see the progress of the coffee infusing in the oil.  I filled this jar to about 1/2 inch from the top with oil.  I placed the jar out of the way in my kitchen but still close enough to shake and inspect it each day.  I let the coffee and oil steep roughly two weeks.  The second reason I used Sunflower oil is all the benefits this oil can bring to you.  Again this is my own personal opinion, and anyone can use their favorite oil as they see fit.  I guess in a nut shell this is my experiment,  and what I do may not be exactly what you would like to do,  or use to make your butterI would recommend that you research an oil that you feel would be fitting.  You will be adding more oils in due time this is just your steeping or infusing oil. 

This is a real thick mixture.  I didn't know how much of a mess this can be as I stumbled through it.
Well between the tangerine butter and this coffee butter yeah this is much messier to work with.  You will need a large strainer and a fine strainer.  Start with the smaller strainer as shown below:
This is just your first straining.  Several more to go.

Start by pouring some of the coffee infused oil right into the strainer.  This is a real small strainer so it took a little time to get through it.  Use your spoon to stir around to keep the oil moving into your
container. Once the oil is done draining from your strainer, take the grinds that you strained and place in another container shown below.

Save the grinds we are not through yet.  Keep doing this until you get through your jar of infused coffee oil.  Let your strained oil sit about 24 hours, cover the container.  What is happening is the lighter coffee oil will float to the top and the heavier oil will stay on the bottom.  The bottom oil becomes a very thick rich coffee oil, not an infused oil, but a real dark pungent coffee oil.  See photo below:

This would probably be considered as strong as an expresso pure liquid coffee.  This is the oil that will sit on the bottom of your container.  This is why you need to let it sit for at least 24 hours.  If you don't see a good separation meaning the very dark coffee collected at the bottom let it sit longer.  It will happen.  Since I am using a lighter oil it seemed like 24 hours is all I needed.  This oil that I collected will be used in some bath and body products.  This is the real deal.  And I never expected it.  You can also go online and look up pure coffee oil, not essential oil, or fragrance oil, doing so will show you how much this costs.  EXPENSIVE.  And it is easily extracted when you make a coffee infused oil. 

In the photo above you can see a container in the upper left this is where I collected the strained oil.  The container on the upper right is the coffee grounds I sat aside. Hard to see but the coffee in the container on the right side is still saturated with the Sunflower oil.  This becomes your second straining.  You won't be able to get all the oil you need out by one straining alone.  It takes several tries.

I used cheesecloth and poured a little of the coffee grounds at a time in a bigger strainer and let it strain through.  Stirring as I go to help the oil strain out.  I used several pieces of cheesecloth because once I strained a few good spoonfuls I squeezed the grinds really good to release the excess oil.  I still saved the grinds, and placed them in another container.  Keep doing this until you get your grinds completely strained out.  

You can see a container on the right side this is the coffee oil.  How I got this oil was the container on the left the strained oil, it sat for 24 hours and after the darker coffee oil settled to the bottom of the container I was able to run this oil through another cheescloth lined strainer and collect the clean oil, the container on the right.  There should be no coffee grounds in this oil.

Just another view of my set up, I had a container ready to go to collect the grinds in, in the  bottom of the photo

You can see in the above photo there is four things going on.  The upper left corner in the white container this is the strained oil that I collected from the infused coffee grounds.  See how dark this is.  This white container is the one that sat for 24 hours to let the lighter oil float up and the real dark thick coffee oil will remain on the bottom.  The container on the upper right is the oil I got from the container on the left, I strained the white container into the metal container use cheesecloth you want to strain out any coffee grinds, no grinds should be in this oil.  The metal container on the upper right will be my infused coffee oil that I will make my coffee butter with. 

Closer look at the coffee oil I will make my Coffee Butter with.

                                 Part 2

Now that you have your oil strained, waited 24 hours to let the oil separate, restrained your oil you are now ready to start the process of making Coffee Butter.  Here we go......

In this photo I put Olive Oil, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, and cosmetic grade Soy Wax Flakes.  The rule of thumb I used was whatever amount of the infused coffee oil I got,  I would add that same amount with hard oils.  I think I got like 6 ounces of infused coffee oil, so I used 6 ounces of other oils.  Just an idea you might like to add more depending on how thick you want it.  I feel this ratio was just perfect for me. 

This old pan came from a second hand store.  I use it a lot in soap making and it works great for making a double boiler method.  I sat the bowl I am holding right on top of the pan, and yes the pan is filled half way with water. 

Fits just perfect for what I need it for.

Above photo shows the oils melting.

Above photo is my infused and strained coffee oil.  You will combine your heated oils with your infused coffee oil.  Use a mixer and mix ingreidents together, just incorporate them.  Then place in the freezer for 20 minutes. 

In the above photo you can see light and dark oils.  This is what you want to see.  Now use your mixer again and whip it together.  Your just trying to get the oils to blend together.  You should get a mixture that looks like the photo below.  After mixing place the bowl in the freezer for 15 minutes, you need it cold again for another round of whipping.  

In the photo below I decided to add some Vtamin E to my mixture.  You can either add this or some preservatives.  I used Vitamin E because it can be used as a preservative and I like having a extra boost of a Vitamin in my butter.   If you do add Vitamin E use your best guess as to how much you might need.  This mixture is maybe 12 or so ounces,  so I used about 8  capsules in my mixture.

In the next three photos below,  you will see the pure dark coffee oil and I am drizzling some over the coffee butter.  Even though the coffee butter had a very nice rich aroma I did so thinking it might help darken it up.  It did not darken up anymore.  In fact it was a real nice beige or tan color.  I did expect that to happen color wise. 

In the photo below I am just showing the mixing beaters.  You can see how thick the coffee butter is turning out to be.  Also to the left of the beaters is that dark, rich coffee oil that I drizzled on top of the coffee butter.  I have plans to make some really nice coffee products with this rich oil.

This was my last whipping and I am pretty sure I am done.  I had put the coffee butter in the freezer three times once at 20 minutes, then at 15 minutes and this last one was in 10 minutes.  You will cut your freezing time down as it starts to thicken up.  I scraped the sides and decided I would whipped it one more time after I scraped it down. 

As you can see this is the result of my last whipping of the coffee butter.  I have my clean jars ready to be filled. 

Here is my first jar of Coffee Butter.  It's a nice light color and thick.  It smells amazing.  I am very pleased at how this turned out.  And I am going to move on to other ideas of whipped butter.  I would say if you are interested in making this, once you get the hang of it you can move on and make other butters too. 

Here is my three jars of finished product.  I am infusing more coffee as we speak and will be doing this process again by next week.  I think I've found something I really love to make and will be a staple around here.
I used some of my coffee butter on my skin that same night.  I feel it is best to use it at night because this will go on oily, some say greasy, but in like 15 minutes it sinks right into your skin.  I could feel this amazing softness for 2 days on my skin.  I mean it sinks in and really moisturizes.  It would be a good application for betime.  Wear old P.J.'s and have a moisturizing experience. 

Just a quick note you can save the coffee grinds and use them to make a coffee scrub.  I did not throw mine away and did just that.  I kept saying in this tutorial to save the grinds and forgot to tell you why you need to save them.  The grinds are infused in the sunflower oil, and is already coated in oil and these grinds smell so good.  Nothing should be wasted from this recipe. 


  1. I will give this a try. I love butters and I love coffee. Win win if you ask me :) Thanks for sharing.. hugs Kim

    1. Your welcome Kim. I hope you like it. I love using this in the winter time when I wear my older jammies to bed. I don't wear anything good when it comes to any thick oily lotions/butters. Hope you try this.

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing this! I wanted to make some coffee scrubs, lip balms and lotions but found that coffee butter and oil is ridiculously priced! You had mentioned "nothing should go to waste in the recipe". I see you used the lighter infused coffee oil for the body butter and the grounds for a scrub but I was wondering what you use the real dark thick coffee oil for? I'm assuming I would use the lighter infused coffee oil when it comes to making my own soaps, lip balms, etc.

    1. Hi Lisa, Yes I used the lighter oil in the recipe for the coffee butter. Towards the last stage of whipping I did add some of the darker/ resin type oil to the body butter. It does have a strong scent of coffee. You can use this also in lip balms, or a sugar scrub. Which I have done on many occasions. The infused coffee oil, can be added to soaps also. Thanks for your comment. Hope I answered your question correctly.

  4. maybe you would use the really dark oil for fragrance?

    1. Hi so sorry for this long delay. You can use the darker oil for just about anything. I have used it in a lip balm, and sugar scrubs. The really dark oil at the bottom of the infused (lighter oil) is almost as thick as resin if that makes sense. So it is pretty strong. I also used this really dark oil in the coffee butter. But added pretty much in the later stage when it was really whipping up pretty good and getting thick.

  5. Do you fill the jar almost to the top with coffee grounds, or put 8 oz in and it be about 1/2 full of grounds and fill the rest of the way with oil. I am kind of confused on how much coffee in the jar.
    Thank you,

    1. My apologies for the delay. Yes I did fill the jar almost to the top with fresh coffee grounds. Then added the oil. The whole jar was filled with about 1/2 inch for space to shake my jar (able to mix it up). Now I do tend to let my oil and coffee grounds sit but some people have commented to me on youtube and said they heated theirs in a double boiler. I have not done this but don't discourage anyone's practice that works for them. I am not in a hurry and wanted to take the slower approach to see how this all comes about. I normally always infuse my herbs in oil for one month in a sunny window, and this case the infused coffee and oil. Shaking daily. I tend to plan ahead. You do what you feel is right for you so if you only wanted to make a small batch of infused coffee in oil, then you have full control over the out come. I was just giving examples of what size/amount I used.

  6. I am a little confused, and the confustion started when I seen in part one about the heavy oil sitting on the bottom of lighter oil on the top, do I extract the lighter oil and set it aside? if someone could email me please and offer just a bit more help starting from step one id really appreciate it..

    1. Yes, I believe she was saying to let it set and separate for 24 hours so the lighter will be on top. Then just pour that out and save the dark. Add a little of the dark in the end stages for a richer aroma. i hope this helps. Using the lighter oil is the only way to end up with such a light colored body butter.

  7. I need to thicken my body butter. It's just a little to soft for me. I have beeswax but I have never used this in a butter before. What's a good ratio to start with?

    1. 2%, 5% or 7% are good amounts, but no more than 10% as it can change the consistency of your body butter. I do one of my body butters at a 5% ratio with beeswax. It also depends om where you are located. I'm in Florida where it's hot all year round practically and the warmer weather makes my body butter more runny. Start with 2% and work your way up. It also depends on the ingredients you use in your recipe as well.

    2. I typically use between 5-7% beeswax in the summer months (hotter months) and maybe 2-3% in the colder months (if to cold I use none

  8. would you be open to telling us the percentages of hard oils you used? i.e. cocoa butter 3% olive 4% etc.

    1. this
      How To Make A Butter Coffee? (The Official Video tutorial) will ans for ur questions

      How To Make A Butter Coffee? (The Official Video tutorial)

  9. Great receipe thanks for sharing.
    Can you let me know how tp make tangerine butter please?

  10. Do you have a video tutorial for this? It's a little hard for me to follow along with reading sometimes but I'd really like to try this. Also, is this the same type of coffee butter you would use for making a coffee lip balm?

  11. Do you have a page about making your tangerine oil? I tried googling but the only result from your blog was this one again.

  12. Thank you so much. I was ready to experiment on my own to try to figure this out and I thought, 'someone has to know how to do this'. And I found you!
    Of course I am impatient so after setting my oil aside with the coffee in it I set about making some French vanilla latte soap. Smells Yummy!

  13. So very happy to have found this in my crazy mad search on making coffee products and homemade coffee oil. Thank you so very much. I have a quart "brewing" and will be done February 1st. Going to be a long two weeks lol....

  14. hi!
    Thanks for sharing this recipe! just wondering if you added 6oz of EACH of waxes and oils or 6 oz. all together? thanks!!

  15. I just finished my first straining for my first batch of coffee oil. I actually had it soaking for like 2 months instead of 2 weeks, because I put it together just before finding out we were moving. By the time we got settled into out new place & I could do something with it, I ended up with oil that was darker than fresh brewed espresso :) I am excited to see what my final product will look like.

  16. I love the idea of DIY coffee butter. I think I'll tie the coffee grounds in cheese cloth, put that into my jar add the sunflower oil and then allow it to infuse. Thanks so much!